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Re: [manifest] asynchronous calls, Re: Review of Web Application Manifest Format and Management APIs

From: Marcos Caceres <marcosscaceres@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 May 2012 22:19:28 +0100
Message-Id: <2CBD0193-FEE0-4380-8FEA-26461EFE82DC@gmail.com>
Cc: Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com>, "public-webapps@w3.org" <public-webapps@w3.org>
To: Anant Narayanan <anant@mozilla.com>


On May 26, 2012, at 6:38 PM, Anant Narayanan <anant@mozilla.com> wrote:

> On 05/25/2012 08:04 AM, Marcos Caceres wrote:
>> On Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM, Anant Narayanan wrote:
>>> This is also an asynchronous call, and will be used by apps to retrieve
>>> their own AppObject. This is useful when an app wants to retrieve the
>>> receipt for their app (that was set by the app store when install() was
>>> called), and verify, for example, that the current user has paid for
>>> their app.
>> 
>> I'm still not sure why these are asynchronous? Is what apps are installed retrieved from a remote server or something? If you are just checking a small list of installed things on the user's device, then I don't see why you would not just have an "installed" attribute?
>> Like:
>> 
>> myApps =  navigator.apps.installed;
>> 
>> Otherwise, it seems like a lot of work just to get a list of things that are already installed on my system?
> 
> Getting the list of things installed on your system will involve disk I/O and sometimes even network I/O (we do so sometimes with our "app sync" implementation).
> 
> Even without considering network, disk I/O is still a big issue. Even if there's a small list of 50 apps, it would still have to be stored somewhere persistent and retrieved, which can take more than 100ms and we don't want to block the UI thread.

Ok, this needs to be clear in the spec (I.e., that this is not an implementation detail). Otherwise, others will wonder the same thing. 
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